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…. Gypped

Did you guys see Bill Simmons’ Tortured Fan Base Mailbag? I submitted an email to Bill, and he ran it, only he failed to even mention my name. Instead, he lumped me in with some other guy.

If you read the SF part, you can read this email:

Arguably a Level 1 loss?

No monicker?

Game 6 is all any Giants fan needs to hear to be reminded of the single worst championship loss in baseball history. No team had ever lost a five-run lead with nine outs to go in a World Series game of any kind, let alone a World Series-clinching game, and the Giants did it in the span of 18 pitches!

Another key component to Level 1: you remember where you were when you saw the game. With 160-plus games in baseball, we’ll all suffer our share of heartbreakers that don’t matter. But the Giants losing Game 6 of the ’02 Series? That’s my “when JFK was shot” moment. I know exactly where I was, who I was with, and could recreate everything that was said and done from the sixth inning forward. The worst part wasn’t the ThunderSticks. The worst part was [the] next year when they started selling rally monkeys at AT&T Park because the wine-and-cheese crowd thought they were cute, and had no idea they were reminders of the Angels. I still can’t cheer 100 percent for Bengie Molina.

Bryan, San Francisco

I wrote the first half of that. This part….

Arguably a Level 1 loss?

No monicker?

Game 6 is all any Giants fan needs to hear to be reminded of the single worst championship loss in baseball history. No team had ever lost a five-run lead with nine outs to go in a World Series game of any kind, let alone a World Series-clinching game, and the Giants did it in the span of 18 pitches!

Let me say that again….. I WROTE THAT!!! He left my name out of the whole piece, and credited some fucking guy named Bryan with MY WORK!!!

I got gypped by my favorite writer. What a buzz kill.


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